Jobs and Vacancies in Hivos, East Africa

Hivos, East Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of Project Manager, Coffee Programmes
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya
About Hivos: Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources.
Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.
Job Context: The Green Society’s, Green Foods and Productive Landscapes portfolio collaborates with regional, national and local organizations to enhance the economic position of rural entrepreneurial men and women.
Key areas of work include sustainable agriculture, strengthening smallholder organizations, access to markets, finance and business development, green growth and climate smart technologies, sustainable energy and carbon finance.
Gender and youth are cross cutting themes in Hivos East Africa green foods programmes. The coffee programmes in this portfolio consist of two main programmes- the sustainable, Secure Smallholder Systems at Scale (4@Scale)and the Gender & Generational Empowerment Programme.
Reports to: Programme Manager, Green Foods & Productive Landscapes
Oversees the supervision of the following team: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Gender Officer (2); Project Officers (2);
Works with:  Global Programme Director, Green Society, Finance Officer, Private sector partners and consultants.
The Project Manager oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the Coffee Programmes including implementation, planning, organizing, staffing, leading and overseeing programme activities.
Your responsibilities
1.  Programme Implementation:
Overall management and coordination of programmes and projects in the green foods and productive landscapes portfolio in East Africa including but not limited to:-
·         Provide strategic and technical oversight to ensure programmes deliver high quality outputs with accuracy and consistency.
·         Ensure regular field visits to all programme sites and maintain strong and productive relationships with implementing partners, stakeholders and donors.
·         Maintain excellent and healthy donor relations and ensure Hivos and grant partners adhere to grant agreements.
·         Lead and manage programme monitoring and evaluation for continuous learning, improvement and growth.
·         To assess the levels of risks associated with programme implementation and suggest mitigation strategies.
·         Ensure donor reports are submitted to donors in the best possible quality and with strict adherence to donor reporting guidelines.
·         Manage partnerships and relationships with staff, colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
·         Promote brand visibility through innovative communication and information dissemination.
·         Contribute to programme development and fundraising for the green food portfolio by working closely with the Programmes Manager.
·         In collaboration with the finance department, manage budgets and finances in coffee programmes and ensure prudent resource use.
·         Represent Hivos in an attractive and leading way and position it as a thought leader in the coffee sector.
2. Human Resource Management:
S/he is responsible for performance management of all staff reporting to him/her.
·         Manage staff development through performance based management and leadership.
·         Create a conducive work environment and team culture for professional growth and development of personnel at all levels.
Your profile:
·         Demonstrable knowledge and experience of the coffee sector in East Africa. Should be well versed in the issues affecting small holder and SME coffee farmers in East Africa.
·         An Advanced university degree in Agriculture.
·         At least 3-6 years experience in the East African coffee sector. Experience in working with Private Sector is a plus.
·         Demonstrable research skills, and ability to present research findings in clear and convincing ways to donors, partners and other internal and external stakeholders.
·         Demonstrable experience & track record in working with international donors in substantial programmes.
·         Demonstrable track-record in programme development and resource mobilization.
Working Conditions: The Project Manager will be based in the Nairobi office, but should expect to spend 50%- 60% of time in the Uganda and Tanzania office.
The Project Manager is expected to travel frequently especially to remote parts of rural  East Africa.
What we offer
We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Hivos East Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of Programme Officer, Renewable Energy
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
About Hivos: Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources.
Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.
Job context: The Programme Officer  is responsible for the growth and development of new and/or existing Renewable Energy programmes in the region, consistent with Hivos’ vision and standards for renewable energy.
He/She will be the main contact between Hivos, donors, and partners in the development of new and /or existing initiatives that provide for strategic and innovative programme expansion for organizational growth.
The successful candidate will work closely with other Programme Development Officers and Programme staff in the Hivos East Africa office.
This position is based in Nairobi with regular travel and visits to donors, partners, and relevant actors in the region. This role may involve some international travel.
If you are passionate about Renewable Energy, this is an excellent opportunity to develop and create programmes that seek to increase renewable energy access to East Africans.
In the position, you will be able to develop and champion new, innovative and disruptive ways of changing how we look at, and access renewable energy in East Africa.
Your responsibilities
1. Plan for, develop and resource Programmes in relation to Hivos’ priorities and strategies in the renewable energy domain.
This includes:
·         With partners, staff members and other stakeholders where you will work to co-create & develop innovative programmes that seek to address identified opportunities in accordance with Hivos’ Renewable Energy Goals;
·         Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization;
·         Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the programme.
2. Designing and implementing a strategy to identify, track, and secure suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ evolving work in renewable energy.
This includes:
·         Identifying and proactively pursuing grants and fundraising opportunities;
·         Preparing grant applications, concept notes and proposals to donors;
·         Coordinating fundraising activities and events;
·         Seeking in-kind, financial, and/or pro-bono support from relevant partners, companies, governments and service providers;
·         Building a solid donor intelligence network/base representing the local, regional, and international donor communities, with a view to expanding Hivos’ green energy portfolio;
·         Establishing and participating in formal and informal networks with relevant partners, donors, and actors;
·         Building strategic and lasting partnerships with investors, donors, governments, development partners and the private sector.
3. Actively participating and contributing to financial forecasting at the project and organizational level to determine necessary funding and resource requirements.
4. Securing suitable and sufficient funding and resources to support Hivos’ operational requirements.
5. Actively representing the organization’s program development interests at relevant meetings, events, and within resource mobilization or donor-specific peer networks, as they relate to Hivos’ work.
6. Provide other programmatic, research, administrative, and logistical support as needed.
Your profile:
·         Must be passionate about renewable energy.

·         Masters degree in Energy Management or in Energy and Environmental Management or with an (Electronic)-Engineering background with an additional commercial degree.
·         Demonstrable experience and knowledge of the Renewable Energy sector and issues in Kenya or Uganda, or Tanzania (or all three).
·         Minimum 3 years of post-graduate work experience in the renewable energy field ideally in carrying out nonprofit programme development and/or fundraising within the private sector and/or international development organizations.
·         Demonstrated donor network in Kenya (required) and in the region (preferred).
·         Ability to work on short-term assignments with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and pipelines.
·         Ability to work independently, and function effectively as a member of a global team, and adhere to strict deadlines.
·         Excellent research and analytical skills.
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
·         Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
·         Good networking, marketing, proposal development skills.
·         Excellent negotiating and networking skills.
·         High levels of personal integrity and accountability.
What we offer
We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Hivos East Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of Programme Manager, Green Foods & Productive Landscapes
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya
About Hivos: Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources.
Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.
Job Context: The Green Society’s, Green Foods and Productive Landscapes portfolio collaborates with regional, national and local organizations to enhance the economic position of rural entrepreneurial men and women.
Key areas of work include sustainable agriculture, strengthening smallholder organizations, access to markets, finance and business development, green growth and climate smart technologies, sustainable energy and carbon finance.
Gender and youth are cross cutting themes in Hivos East Africa green foods programs. The coffee programmes in this portfolio consist of two main programmes- the sustainable, Secure Smallholder Systems at Scale (4@Scale) and the Gender & Generational Empowerment Programme.
Reports to: Regional Director, Hivos East Africa
Oversees supervision: Project Managers (2); Programme Officers (2); Business Development Officer (1)
Team Size: 8-10 staff in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania
The Programme Manager oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the Green Foods and Productive Landscapes Programme including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and overseeing program activities.
Your responsibilities
1.  Programme Implementation: Overall management and coordination of programmes and projects in the green foods and productive landscapes portfolio in East Africa including but not limited to:-
·         Provide strategic and technical oversight to ensure programmes deliver high quality outputs with accuracy, consistency and on time.
·         Ensure regular field visits to all program sites and maintain strong and productive relationships with implementing partners, stakeholders and donors.
·         Oversee adaptive management and provide regular feedback on work plans, reports and budgets to ensure the programmes remain relevant.
·         With Project Managers and Officers, maintain excellent and healthy donor relations and ensure partners adhere to grant agreements.
·         In collaboration with the Finance Manager & Project leads, prepare and monitor programme budgets and conduct modifications when necessary.
·         Lead and manage programme monitoring and evaluation for continuous learning, improvement and growth.
·         To assess the levels of risks associated with program implementation and suggest mitigation strategies.
·         Ensure donor reports are submitted to donors in the best possible quality and with strict adherence to donor reporting guidelines.
·         Promote brand visibility through innovative communication and information dissemination e.g. through policy briefs, media briefs, reports, strategic infographics etc.
2. Plan for, Develop & Resource Programmes: Ensure strategic relevance and continuation of Green Food and Productive Landscape programmes through proposal development and building mutually beneficial relationships with potential donors and partners.
·         With partners, staff members and other stakeholders, work to co-create & develop innovative programmes that seek to address identified opportunities in accordance with Hivos’ Green Food & Productive Landscape goals.
·         Plan the overall delivery overall programme and its activities.
·         Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
·         Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the programme.
·         Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the programme.
·         With the Design, M& E and Learning Staff, develop a programme evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the programme and to identify areas for improvement.
·         Develop funding proposals for new and existing programmes to ensure the continuous delivery of services, supervise and support the business development officer and other staff in development of fundable proposals, and ensure proposal quality before submission to the Regional Director.
·         Work closely with the Business Development officer to gather donor intelligence and identify potential sources of funding.
·         Maintain excellent donor relations through close consultation with the Regional Director as required.
·         Represent Hivos to donors, government officials, UN agencies, other development partners and other stakeholders as needed.
3. Human Resource Management: S/he is responsible for performance management of all staff reporting to him/her.
·         Manage staff development through performance based management and leadership.
·         Create a conducive work environment and team culture for professional growth and development of personnel at all levels.
4. Provide Leadership: The post holder will be a member of the Hivos East Africa Management Team.
·         Be part of the organisation’s management team and support the Director through useful contributions and taking on additional roles as may be required.
·         Contribute to the development of the overall Regional strategy.
·         Represent Hivos & Green Food through active participation and constructive engagement in regional and global platforms.
Your profile:
·         At least 5-8 years of managing diverse teams: Able to manage a diverse team of persons and teams drawn from multiple countries and in multiple disciplines and sectors. This includes an ability to inspire teams to deliver quality results and promote partnership collaboration.
·         An Advanced university degree in Agriculture and Rural Development, Development Economics, Environmental Science, or closely related disciplines.
·         At least 5-8 years experience in programme and financial management.
·         Demonstrable experience & track record in working with international donors in substantial programmes.
·         Demonstrable track-record in programme development and resource mobilization.
Working Conditions: The Programme Manager will be based in the Kenya office, but with frequent and regular travel to the Uganda and Tanzania offices.
The Programme Manager is expected to travel frequently to remote parts of rural Africa, and internationally to represent Hivos as needed.
What we offer
We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Hivos East Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of Social Innovation Specialist
Vacancy Name: Social Innovation Specialist
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
About Hivos: Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough.
Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.
Job Context: Hivos’ Strategy, Communications and Innovation Unit (SCI) plays a pivotal role in supporting Hivos staff to develop new solutions and sharing them widely.
The Social Innovation Specialist is positioned within SCI to internally increase the space for innovation and support development of new solutions as well as make connections between the external Social Innovation field and colleagues around the world.
Do you have a strong track record in social innovation, using innovative co-creative methodologies to bring about social change?
Are you an inspiring process facilitator that can deal with complexity on the one hand and support concrete steps for implementation on the other?
Is exploring ideas, supporting innovative projects and enabling others to collaborate to come to change making interventions something that drives you? If so, you may be who we are looking for!
Your responsibilities
The Social Innovation Specialist offers internal support and coaching to colleagues, guiding them in the pitching, follow through and implementation of project ideas in collaboration with external partners.
You will build on, create and update tools and methodologies for social innovation and engage programme staff and partners to use these in their day-to-day work.
You are a motor for iteration and continuous learning, and up-to-date with developments in the field of Social Innovation and International Development, where you will represent Hivos on several occasions.
You spot new trends in these fields and are not afraid to push for edgy programme ideas within the scope of Hivos’ mission. In addition, together with your colleagues, you contribute to Hivos’ ambition to be a learning organisation.
Your profile:
·         Proven track record in social innovation and social design methodologies.
·         You have a can do mentality with experience in project management and the facilitation of multi-actor platforms.
·         Familiar with the coaching of individuals through various innovation and program development cycles.
·         Able to ‘think outside the box’ and to apply creative approaches that challenge mainstream thinking and practices. In doing so, you are able to balance power relations and ensure a strong citizens voice.
·         Strong analytical skills that allow you to challenge current work practices and enhance learning amongst Hivos staff and key stakeholders.
·         Flexible team player and are sensitive to different cultural environments.
·         Partnership builder, able to inspire and take along various players.
·         Possess university degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 7 years working experience in an international purpose-driven environment, preferably in the world of international development and social innovation.
·         Excellent writing and oral skills in English.
Working Conditions
·         You are willing to travel internationally
·         You are willing to work across various time zones as needed
What we offer
We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Like to apply?
Kindly send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position to eastafricajobs@hivos.org by the 30th November, 2016.
Your letter should state your current and expected salary.

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